From that little piece I made these:
CherylThimbleFingers)they immediately started getting a lot of views and favorites. If you aren't familiar with Etsy, this is a good thing.
So I started looking around to buy more. The gray color is very classy in my opinion. After searching the web awhile I identified it as Waves by Waverly. Dots seems more fitting but the dots are in a lovely wavy pattern. Also an advantage of this fabric is the reverse. It is just as nice as the face for this kind of use.
But even better than finding several sources is that this stuff comes in several other colorways.
AND THEN EVEN BETTER, IT WENT ON SALE AT JOANN'S FOR 60% OFF!!!
The online site also showed me which stores were carrying which colors. Yesterday I picked it up in a lovely cocoa brown and I know there exists an orange and a yellow.
But let's not get carried away yet. It may come back to bite me. For the first time, I offered to make these in multiples to buyers and I immediately had an order for NINE of the jewelry rolls as bridesmaid gifts and just as I completed that order I sold another. Today I made up one in the aqua and champagne (I didn't know what to call this color), listed them on Etsy and they are getting views and favorites already.
Here are the 9 ready for sending off.
Now for the things I learned while making these.
#1. You don't always have to use a zipper foot to put in a zipper!
Changing feet drives me nuts. The one that came with my machine and snaps on quickly never lets me get close to an edge anyway.
My old one has to be screwed on and off which is a big time eater.
I have found that I can set the left edge of my regular foot against the coil and sewing very nicely down that line on the zipper. When I get to the slider, I raise the presser foot and zip it closes and continue on.
Even if I sew it from the other side, the foot glides over the coil. Now I know this will not work at all with a metal zipper. Also this leaves a fair amount of zipper tape showing , but I like that.
#2. That little metal stopper at the lower end of the zipper CAN be removed. When sewing on this jewelry roll, that little bit of metal was getting hidden inside and was easily hit with the needle. BANG! Another broken needle! I used a seam ripper to get in under it and discovered just three tiny teeth on each side are holding it on.
Now let's get rolling! Another color will join these as soon as I find the perfect fabric for the inside. I can't find anything in my enormous stash of fabric.
On another note, are any of you gett ing crazy irrelevant comments. I am getting a lot that are like someone has copied and pasted from an encyclopedia!! I keep marking them as spam. Wish I got REAL comments.